R. Scott Appleby

Scott Appleby

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Marilyn Keough Dean of Notre Dame's Keough School of Global Affairs

Office: 106 Hesburgh Center
Phone: 574-631-5665
Email: Appleby.3@nd.edu

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Areas of Expertise

Peace studies, American religious history, religious violence

From 2000-2014, Appleby served as the Regan Director of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Appleby also directs Contending Modernities, a major multi-year project to examine the interaction among Catholic, Muslim and secular forces in the modern world. Appleby’s research examines the roots of religious violence and the potential of religious peacebuilding. He co-chaired the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Task Force on Religion and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy, which released the influential report “Engaging Religious Communities Abroad: A New Imperative for U.S. Foreign Policy.” Appleby is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Comments on President Obama’s speech in Cairo

Appleby discusses “Contending Modernities: Catholic, Muslim, Secular,” a major cross-cultural research project launched by Notre Dame. Learn more

R. Scott Appleby discusses foreign policy.

Notre Dame on the Future of Catholic Peacebuilding


Notre Dame to establish Keough School of Global Affairs; Scott Appleby appointed founding dean

Scott Appleby appointed director of academic planning for School of International Affairs

Notre Dame launches global research project on Catholic, Muslim, secular interaction

Report urges U.S. policymakers to engage with global religious actors

Kroc director Scott Appleby praises religious liberty doctrines in Catholicism and Islam

Professor Appleby to speak in U.N. discussion of Islamophobia

At 20 years old, Kroc Institute is ‘seeding the field for peace worldwide


Nobel Peace Prize recipient surprising, worthy

Islamophobia fueled by recent controversies, 9/11 anniversary

Change at the Vatican: Notre Dame faculty experts look ahead

Nobel committee chose ‘brilliantly’ in selection of Obama

President Obama’s speech surprisingly ‘tough-minded’

Christian history much more thrilling than “DaVinci Code” fiction

Historian Appleby weighs in on John Paul II’s successor


Tension between religion and nation affects politics in region: Don

The Chronicle of Higher Education—Historian to Lead Notre Dame’s First New School in Almost a Century

Wall Street Journal—Pope Plans to Visit Israel as Early as Next Year

United Press International—Francis to visit Israel, Palestinian territories

Associated Press—New world, new pope: How will Francis lead his church?

PBS—New Polls Reflect Challenges for Vatican on Connecting With U.S. Catholics

NPR—Pope Benedict Leaves Behind A Mixed Legacy

The Washington Post — The case for picking an American pope

USA Today—Pope taught and wrote on Jesus, charity and hope

Catholic News Service—Panel: Understanding role of faith in society essential to US diplomacy"

Huffington Post—A Mormon-Catholic Ticket? (op-ed)

Houston Chronicle—Biden or Ryan: Who is the ‘better’ Catholic?

Huffington Post—Paul Ryan, Joe Biden: A Tale Of Two Catholics

Washington Post—U.S. nuns seek ‘open dialogue’ with Rome over disputes

Washington Post—Baltimore archbishop: ‘Let us be Catholics’

NPR—Bishops Launch 2-Week Campaign Against Health Law

RTÉ—US nuns reprimanded over focus on poverty and social justice

Reuters—Catholic nuns group “stunned” by Vatican slap

Associated Press —Catholic bishops prepare religious liberty fight

Huffington Post—September 11 highlighted radical faith; Can it be defused?

Yahoo! News—Sept 11 highlighted radical faith; Can it be defused?

Reuters India—Sept 11 highlighted radical faith; Can it be defused?

Yahoo! News Malaysia—Sept 11 highlighted radical faith; Can it be defused?

Chicago Tribune—Sept 11 highlighted radical faith; Can it be defused?

WGN—Sept 11 highlighted radical faith; Can it be defused?

National Catholic Reporter—9/11 costs hard to count

Los Angeles Times—Sept 11 highlighted radical faith; Can it be defused?

Reuters—Sept 11 highlighted radical faith; Can it be defused?

PBS—Scott Appleby Extended Interview

PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly—Interfaith Relations Ten Years On

USA Today—After Sept. 11, ‘religion can no longer be ignored’

USA Today—9/11 traced new spiritual lines

CNN.com—Is it morally right to celebrate bin Laden’s death?

The Washington Post—As John Paul II is beatified, ordinary Catholics still revere charismatic pope

National Catholic Reporter-Notre Dame invites Catholics and Muslims to sift secularism

Catholic News Service—Project Explores Christianity, Islam, Secularism

New York Times—For Catholics, Interest in Exorcism Is Revived

PBS, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly—The Limits of Religious Tolerance

ABC News—Burning the Koran: Is it Legal? Looking to Flag Burning Cases for Answers

USA Today—Obama weighs in as plan to burn Qurans sparks debate

The New York Review of Books—Catholics, Muslims, and the Mosque Controversy

Historian in demand